Welcome to 2023 from everyone at St Matthew’s Primary School. The autumn term has just drawn to a close and our school is back to what we knew as normal before the Covid-19 pandemic caused such an upheaval around the country.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT Parents are now welcome back on to the school site to at drop-off and pick-up times and this has made it much easier for parents and teachers to communicate information with posters and notices on classroom windows and one-to-one conversations about specific pupils where necessary. We are pleased to be seeing so many parents returning to attend our weekly awards assemblies and to see their own children’s class assemblies. These continue throughout the year – follow the link in the Parents menu tab to find out when your child’s assembly will be happening. In October, we held our first face-to-face parent teacher consultation evenings since February 2020 following nearly three years of online video conferences.
Our school choir have continued working hard for their visit to the RW Arena in Birmingham to take part in the national Young Voices 2023 concerts. Just before Christmas, our choir received a surprise invitation to provide a musical welcome to His Majesty King Charles III on his first visit to Luton as king. You can find out more about this elsewhere on our website.
We welcomed parents back into to classrooms to take part in our Christmas Craft sessions alongside their own children. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the school as these events took place and definitely helped to build up the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season for everyone. Maybe Christmas 2023 will see a return to our presenting a Christmas production. Many people will remember our successful productions of Oliver! and A Christmas Carol a few years ago. So many of our children enjoy performing and even those that prefer to stay in the background enjoy the opportunity to help with making scenery, props and costumes. The show must go on!
The wider St Matthew’s Family continues to grow with teachers currently on maternity leave welcoming the safe arrival of their new arrivals. Children in Bluebell Class in Year 4 will be pleased to know that Mrs Millett’s daughter arrived during the Christmas holidays; Mr Miah’s wife also had a baby boy during the Christmas holidays, and Miss Walker and Mrs Koriya will soon be commencing their maternity leave in anticipation of the arrival of their babies.
Our Year 6 classes got the chance to meet a true sporting superstar – Jason Robinson OBE. Jason was part of the England team that won the Rugby Union World Cup in 2003. Among his many achievements, he was the first black player to captain the England team, he was the only player to score a try in the 2003 World Cup Final and he received the Order of the British Empire from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2008. Jason spoke to all of Year 6 about his life story and his motivation to reach the top of his sport. He then led some fitness and skills training sessions for groups of pupils from each class.
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